ESPN's Stats & Information department takes a closer look at Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow in a blog post this morning (link here) with the headline "Patriots try to avoid getting Tebowed."
A few key stats from the blog post:
1. Tebow has led six game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, the most of any quarterback in his first 11 starts since the merger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
2. Of Tebow's 84 rushes (excluding kneel downs) since taking over the starting job, 62 have come with at least three wide receivers on the field. This sets up a matchup where a defense's sub package must be filled with good tacklers, particularly in the secondary.
3. The Patriots have fared well against teams that try to run with at least three wide receivers on the field. The Patriots are allowing 4.8 yards per rush when facing offenses with at least three wide receivers this season, the 10th-best rate in the NFL.
4. Since Week 7, opponents have rushed five or more defenders on 40 percent of Tebow's dropbacks during the first three quarters. During the fourth quarter and overtime, opponents have rushed five or more on only 28 percent of his dropbacks. The disparity of 11.6 percentage points is the largest in the league, meaning that no team has seen a larger change in an opponent’s defensive philosophy from the early stages of the game to crunch time.